Re: A couple questions about Duran
I don't think that Duran ever sought redemption for New Orleans....he got it though, when he defeated Barkley. After New Orleans, Duran seemed to lose interest in the sport for a while, and although he didn't officially take a break from the ring, he wasn't actually trying to accomplish anything. Then Duran got some motivation back, and defeated Cuevas and Moore, and had the impressive effort against Hagler. After the loss to Hagler, Duran again lost interest in the sport, until he pulled off the unlikely and extremely impressive win over Barkley....then some people began forgetting about New Orleans.
For what it's worth though, Duran was probably the best lightweight ever....and everything after that, including the win over Leonard, is just bonus material.